Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Our (Literally!) Biggest Project, Part 2: A 6 Foot Tall Tower Of Cupcake Goodness!

On day three of this project we did a LOT of sanding, puttying and painting. The first step after everything was glued was to sand the edges to remove some of the black singed wood that is a product of the laser cutter. Paint and putty won't stick as well to the singed parts.

I then started puttying, here are my supplies, putty, the wood and a scrapper (which I didn't end up using, my finger worked best).

Look how pretty and pink the putty was! When it was dry it turned white, but it made me happy to put it on in the bubblegum pink color.

I puttied down the sides of the center support boxes, covering all the cracks where the pieces of wood met with a thick layer.

I also had to putty all the peg holes in the shelves, as well as the seams and the edges.

It almost looked like sloppy pink frosting on the edges!

After the putty dried and was sanded down flush with the wood, I could finally start painting. This is what we used, and it covered very well with only three coats.

Waiting for paint to dry in the parking lot at Mr. Cola's office, very exciting!

We used A LOT of paint!

A close up of one of the fully painted center support boxes (this center support suffered the only mishap of the project, two of the 'L' notches are kind of messed up. It was my fault, I wasn't careful enough when pulling the shelf off of it; since everything is cut to fit with laser precision, if you don't pull straight up,
CRACK! But it's going to be hidden, and structurally doesn't matter very much, so we decided not to redo it.):

While I was killing my back by bending over and painting for hours, Mr. Cola was finishing up the bottom support box inside.

The bottom support box and the bottom shelf had to dry overnight, so it wasn't until day 4 that we got to putty and paint them.

Up next, we assemble the finished cupcake stand, and I'll share the cost breakdown and more detailed specs. I know you can't wait to see what this monster looks like all put together!

Did you, or do you plan to do any woodworking or painting with your DIY wedding projects?


  1. I love the shot of your fiance sanding the base! My grandfather and dad were both woodshop teachers and woodworkers, so I have always appreciated men who work well with their hands. Can't wait to see the final project!

  2. This project is super-impressive. One downside of living in Manhattan is no room to do any big projects like this. Oh well, maybe someday :)

  3. I'm with Amanda on this one. Wow! There is no way we could even come up with this idea let along execute it! Can't wait to see it all assembled!

  4. You guys are incredible! Can't wait to see the final product!

  5. I can't wait to see it all decorated with the cupcakes on it! You're very fortunate to have a handy guy like that!

  6. That's an intense project, I'm excited to see how it turns out!